Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Brian Arnall
The Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association (KARTA) was formed over 20 years ago as an organization of innovative people who share a common desire to increase their knowledge and utilization of technology in production agriculture. KARTA membership includes producers, industry, and research-extension personnel. The non-profit organization uses its revenues to provide grants that facilitate on-farm research projects and instructional workshops on the hardware and software necessary to conduct research trials.
KARTA works to foster an understanding of plot layout & design, data collection and handling, analysis, presentation, and most importantly; making connections to those folks that can assist a producer in these efforts. The end goal is to develop producer skills in conducting and evaluating on-farm research. Members experiment with everything from product application, seeding rates, hardware and software, irrigation practices, cover crops, and more. The annual Kansas Ag Technologies Conference includes the presentation of on-farm research results and provides an interactive venue for discussion.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS) program engages agricultural producers in the areas of input use efficiency and profitability through participation in Farm Management Competitions. The goals and mission of the TAPS program is to identify sustainable and profitable management practices and solutions for crop production. With tighter profit margins, increased social pressures for sustainable crop production, and in some areas elevated regulations, agricultural production has become ever more challenging to manage. Fortunately, considerable technological advancements have occurred which can aid producers in making economic and agronomic decisions. The TAPS program provides a platform where producers can try new and emerging technologies and management strategies under a low risk environment prior to purchasing and adopting on their own farm. In addition, the TAPS program provides an opportunity where growers can interact and learn from each other, university personnel, and industry representatives. This presentation will provide an overview and summary of findings of the TAPS program.
The four-year, $4-million Data-Intensive Farm Management project, sponsored by USDA-NIFA specializes in on-farm precision experimentation to gather large-scale field trial data. DIFM uses GPS-linked variable rate application and harvesting equipment to allow participating farmers to “put into the ground” field trials as large as one hundred ha, and then gather the resultant yield data at harvest. DIFM has begun to generate data in quantities and of qualities unimaginable until recently. The data is enabling DIFM to begin to provide farmers with fertilizer and seed rate management recommendations that are based on data from the same fields for which management recommendations are being sought. In 2019, DIFM is running approximately seventy field trials in nine US states, examining the effects of nitrogen fertilizer application rates and planting rates on maize soybeans, wheat, and cotton. Working with international partners, DIFM is also conducting large field trials in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. DIFM researchers are working to develop a cyber-infrastructure to permit the scaling-up of their activities, allowing them to work with other researchers, farmers, and crop consultants worldwide to annually conduct of thousands of on-farm precision field trials, effectively analyze of the resultant data, and pass of the practical implications of the data analyses to farmers in clear and intuitive ways.